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Shiranian Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shiranian so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Designer Dogs
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OriginChina
Other Names
What other names does the Shiranian have? The dog breed also known as...
Cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian.PomshiShih-PomShih-A-PomPom-Tzu
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Shiranian recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Shiranian recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shiranian breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry
Price
How much does the Shiranian puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Shiranian price:
300-1300

History

The Shiranian, also known as the Shih Tzu Pom, is a mixed breed belonging to the so-called designer dogs. Designer dogs have been increasing in the last two decades due to their popularity among celebrities. These are not dogs that can be registered with the AKC or other purebred organizations but they are part of many hybrid organizations.

The origin of the puppy began with two distinct breeds, the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian. The Shih Tzu is thought to be one of the 14 oldest breeds that come from China, where its name means ‘lion dog’. According to the experts, these dogs were present there as early as 8000 B.C. Some believe that they were actually developed by Tibetian Monks and were crossed with other breeds such as the Lhasa Apso or the Pekingnese. Regardless of how the breed was developed, they were popular as companion dogs among the royalty as they were gentle, smart, and joyful. For example, it is mentioned in several documents from that period that the Ming Dynasty royal family used this dog as a house pet. However, there isn’t much mention of the dogs in documents from the 1700s to the early 1900s, but many pieces of art from that period depict a small, shaggy, and happy dog. As the dog became very popular many royal families competed to produce dogs of the finest coats and colors but because of the competition, breeding practices were kept secret. This led to poor quality dogs that were often sold in the marketplace and the good quality dogs were often smuggled out of the palaces and given as gifts to foreign visitors or Chinese noblemen. The first Shih Tzu pair was imported to England in 1928 and in 1969 it was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

On the other hand, the Pomerania was developed in the province of Pomerania from the ancient Spitz breeds and obviously got its name after the historical region which was in the far north on the border of the countries we know today as Poland and Germany. The breed’s ancestors were much bigger than them and it was only in the 18th century that they started breeding them to the modern, small size we know today. Moreover, the influence of the royalty also had an impact in forming the Pomeranian as it is today. Royals, such as the wife of Napoleon I and King George IV owned Pomeranians, and also the breed was very much loved by Queen Victoria, who had a red Pomeranian and choose to breed that trait into the next generation. It was Queen Victoria who inspired English dog fanciers to begin breeding even smaller Poms.

The Shiranian mixture seems logical since both dogs were very much liked. Both breeds exhibit highly protective behaviors towards their owners and the crossing of them has given people an opportunity to get a playful, cute dog who is loyal. The appearance of the mixture puppies have a somewhat lion-like appearance, and the mixture of the two parents emphasizes this trait. The wafting fur explodes from their tiny facial features, bearing an uncanny resemblance to a mane. This hybrid comes in several colors, such as red, sable, chocolate, black, gold, orange, and brindle. Overall, the only downside to the breed is that most of them tend to suffer from separation anxiety.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Shiranian size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Shiranian weigh? Shiranian weight:
4-15 pounds (2-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Shiranian? Shiranian average weight:
9.5 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Shiranian? Shiranian height:
7-12 inches (18-30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Shiranian average height:
9.5 inches (24 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Shiranian have? What does this canine coat look like?
FluffyCurlyStraightDoubleLong
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shiranian's coat?
BrownBlackSableBrindleRedWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Shiranian and how often?
Advanced: The Shiranian requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Shiranian a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Shiranian, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Shiranian dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian.? Shiranian shedding level:
Shiranians are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Shiranian have? What characteristics does the breed have?
LoyalFriendlyPlayfulLazyAttentiveTrainableIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Shiranian? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Shiranian's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Shiranian dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Shiranians aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Shiranian is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Shiranian sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Shiranians don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Shiranians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian. need? Shiranian social needs:
Shiranians are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Shiranian dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian. bark?
Low to Average: The Shiranian rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Shiranian good as a watchdog?
Shiranians are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Shiranian dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Shiranians are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Shiranian bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian.? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shiranian? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Shiranian has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shiranian do?
Shiranians have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shiranians need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Shiranian to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shiranian roam?
Shiranians tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shiranian have high prey drive?
Shiranians don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Shiranian good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Shiranians are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Shiranians adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Shiranians do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Shiranian dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Shiranians are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Shiranian dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shiranian and children:
Shiranians are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Shiranian dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Shiranians are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Shiranian good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shiranian dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Shiranians are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Shiranians good office dogs? Do Shiranians make good office friendly dogs? Can Shiranians be office dogs?
No
Shiranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shiranian dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian. temperament with senior people? Are Shiranian dogs good for elderly owners?
Shiranians are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shiranian dogs get along with other pets? Are Shiranian dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shiranians do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Shiranian breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Shiranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shiranian be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Shiranian is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shiranian be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Shiranian is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shiranian be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Shiranian is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shiranian be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Shiranian is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shiranian be a boat dog?
Not really
Shiranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shiranian be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Shiranian is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Shiranian dogs have health problems?
Shiranians tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Shiranian breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shiranian breed? Health risks of Shiranian:
CataractsHypoglycemiaAllergiesHypothyroidism
Life Expectancy
How long do Shiranian dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Shiranian be?
12-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Shiranian breed hypoallergenic?
No
Shiranians don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Shiranian have?
Shiranians have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Shiranian dogs require per day?
Shiranians exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Shiranians like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Shiranian need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shiranian risk for obesity:
Average. The Shiranian has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Shiranian's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shiranian can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Shiranian has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Shiranian drool?
The Shiranian is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Shiranian could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Shiranian. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Shiranian pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Shiranian pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Shiranian: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Shiranian have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Shiranian have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Pros & Cons of Shiranian

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Shiranian's has great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Shiranians are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Shiranians are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Shiranian is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Shiranian has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Mouthiness: Shiranians have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Shiranians tend to escape less than other breeds.
Cons
  • Trainability: Shiranians aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Health Issues: Shiranians tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Shiranians don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Shiranian requires a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Shiranians are not the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Shiranians do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Shiranians are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Shiranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Shiranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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